The Cheryl Ramberg Ford and Allyn C. Ford
Deanship of the College of Forestry

Allyn and Cheryl FordIn 2011 a $5 million commitment from Allyn C. Ford and Cheryl Ramberg Ford created an endowment for the College of Forestry dean's position: the university's third endowed deanship, following established endowments in the colleges of business and veterinary medicine.

Allyn Ford became president and CEO of Roseburg Forest Products in 1997. The company was founded by his father, Ken Ford, in 1936 and became one of the largest family-held wood products corporations in the nation. Cheryl Ramberg-Ford is also a native of southern Oregon.

The Ford family has a long history with Oregon State University. Allyn's sister, Carmen Ford Phillips, is an OSU alumna who has been actively engaged with her alma mater for many years. A gift from Allyn's and Carmen's late mother made possible the construction of the Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families, named in her honor. Allyn and Cheryl Ford are both highly involved with the Ford Family Foundation, which helps to fund OSU programs and outreach in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. The foundation also provides scholarship support for hundreds of students in Oregon post-secondary schools.


Thomas Maness

Thomas ManessThomas Maness became the Cheryl Ramberg Ford and Allyn C. Ford Dean of the College of Forestry and director of the Oregon Forest Research Laboratory in August 2012.

A forest economist who specializes in developing innovative forest policies and practices to balance traditional production with ecosystem services, Maness has served as a professor and head of OSU’s Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management since 2009.

Maness worked for Weyerhaeuser Company as a forest engineer in the Klamath Falls region, where he developed strategic forest planning models and manufacturing optimization systems for West Coast sawmills. He returned to school and earned his doctorate in forest economics from the University of Washington in 1989, and joined the faculty of the University of British Columbia. Maness holds a bachelor’s degree in forest management from Western Virginia University and a master’s in forest operations from Virginia Tech.

In 1994, Maness founded the Canadian National Centre of Excellence in Advanced Wood Processing, and directed the program for five years, then led a $25 million fundraising campaign for the center. In 2002, the new undergraduate program he helped develop there won the Yves Landry Foundation Award for most innovative Canadian university-level manufacturing technology program.

Maness founded the BC Forum on Forest Economics and Policy in 2004: a research and outreach center to engage stakeholders in building a strategic vision for the future of British Columbia’s forest sector. During a 2008 sabbatical, he worked as a senior policy analyst with the U.S. Forest Service in Washington, D.C., where he conducted research on climate mitigation and wood energy policy. In addition to his expertise on Northwest forests, Maness has worked extensively in South America.


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